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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Ohio State baseball team fell, 5-1, against BYU Friday afternoon at Whataburger Field in its opening game at the 2019 Kleberg Bank College Classic. With the loss, Ohio State drops to 4-1 in 2019, while the Cougars improve to 4-2 this season.
COUGARS JUMP OUT WITH FIVE RUNS
BYU scored five runs on four hits in the bottom of the third vs. OSU left-handed starting pitcher Seth Lonsway. Brock Hale knocked a double down the right field line for a 3-0 score followed by a double by Keaton Kringlen to left. Lonsway falls to 1-1 on the year, allowing five runs on four hits with four walks and two strikeouts in 2.1 innings. BYU right-handed starting pitcher Jordan Wood improved to 1-0 after limiting the OSU bats to one run on three hits with five strikeouts and one walk in six innings.
OHIO STATE GETS ON THE BOARD
The Buckeyes scored a run off Wood in the sixth on a sac fly by Kobie Foppe. Malik Jones scored on the play. He doubled earlier in the frame.
BULLPEN HOLDS STRONG
Right-handed reliever Will Pfennig did a solid job keeping the Cougars off the board, working 3.2 innings and scattering four hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Left-handed reliever Mitch Milheim threw a scoreless seventh, getting a Cougar hitter to roll over a ball for a ground ball double play. He gave up one hit in one inning. Right-handed reliever TJ Brock tossed a scoreless eighth on two hits with one walk and one strikeout.
- Today marked the first time OSU baseball has played in the state of Texas in 11 years.
- Ohio State falls to 2-3 all-time vs. BYU.
- Brock made his collegiate debut in the eighth inning.
- Brady Cherry and Malik Jones have each reached base in all five games.
Ohio State and Texas A&M Corpus Christi meet at 7 p.m. ET Saturday at Whataburger Field. Freshman right-hander Garrett Burhenn (1-0, 0.00) gets the ball for the Scarlet and Gray.
RANDOM NOTES FROM AROUND THE BALLPARK
- Welcome to Texas. South Texas that is. The boys traveled 1,359 miles to Corpus Christi on Thursday, located in the western Gulf of Mexico. A quick turnaround for the squad, but no complaining, it’s baseball. Most of the team has never been to the Lone Star State or to Corpus Christi, also known as the “Sparkling City by the Sea.” The eighth-populous city in the state, it’s tucked into a bay and its beaches are sheltered by Padre and Mustang Islands. The team is staying known to the locals as North Beach, just a quick 10-minute drive to the park.
- Friday morning. Waking up to the tides splashing into the sandy shore of the team’s beachside hotel. Literally, the bay was right there. About 30 yards out. The Ohio State SID could easily throw a baseball into the blue waters from his fifth-floor balcony (he’s got a cannon if you haven’t seen it at BP ever, sup pro scouts).
- The first morning was cool, but refreshing. A hazy fog blanketed the area. Out into the abyss. Nate Romans mentioned, “I definitely would’ve thought that the world was flat.” You could hear the rumbling of vessels bringing cargo into the Corpus Christi Port. It’s located between North Beach and the metro downtown of Corpus Christi. More fun facts: it’s the fifth-largest port in the United States, handling more than 6,000 vessels and over 80 million tons of cargo annually. Way cool.
- The drive to the park was grand. The team had to cross the Corpus Christi Ship Channel on the Harbor Bridge. It stands at 243 feet and stretches 620 feet across. Don’t look down if you don’t like heights. The city is actually in the process of constructing a new, epic bridge that will rise to a height of 538 feet! WHOA. The cable-stayed suspension bridge will allow passage of ships up to 205 above the waterline. You only need 800 millions dollars to have one of your own. Looking down to the right you could see Whataburger Field. It’s a beaut. For any ball player, it’s the perfect pregame setting. All eyes locked in on the diamond.
- A little mist of rain fell right during pregame. The Hooks staff at the park were experienced, playing rain songs like Purple Rain by Prince, Africa by Toto but the Weezer cover and Umbrella by Rihanna. Thankfully, the rain stayed away by first pitch.